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Murder of RJD leader’s family: Police stall march to Gopalgunj

J.P. Yadav was injured and his parents and younger brother were killed when bike-borne men fired indiscriminately on the leader at his house on May 24

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislators and party leaders were stopped by the police in Patna on Friday from taking out a march to Gopalgunj to protest the triple murder of the kin of a local party leader.

A delegation from the RJD, led by Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Tejashwi Yadav, later met with the Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhury and demanded a “special session” of the House to debate the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the State.

“We could not go to Gopalgunj as the government did not allow us. Meeting with the Speaker of the House, I apprised him of the laxity of the police in arresting the accused ruling party MLA and demanded to call a special session of the House as Opposition party leaders want to inform the government about the deteriorating law and order situation in the State during lockdown, and mismanagement in the arrangements for bringing back migrant workers to the State and the crumbling of the Health Department,” Mr. Tejashwi Yadav told media persons.

Lockdown cited

On Friday, Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, along with his older brother Tej Pratap Yadav, mother Rabri Devi and party legislators, came out from the 10, Circular Road residence of Ms. Rabri Devi to proceed on their proposed march, but a large number of police personnel deployed there stopped them, citing “lockdown guidelines”.

“We have received clear instructions from the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) that no march or political meeting would be held during the COVID-19 lockdown. We are following that instruction,” said a senior police official present at the spot.

Thereafter, a high-voltage drama between the police and RJD leaders ensued for about two hours.

“It is dictatorship by the government. The government should tell us why the Opposition party legislators should not take out march for which I had made an announcement two days back?” asked Mr. Tejashwi Yadav.

Rabri protests

Ms. Rabri Devi alleged that the ruling party was trying to gag the voice of the Opposition. “If we will not be allowed to meet the family members of our party leader, whose parents and brother were killed in broad daylight, then what should a leader of the party do?” asked Ms. Devi.

However, leader of the ruling JD(U) and Minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet Neeraj Kumar told journalists: “The RJD is infamous for creating such political drama on roads and flouting rules and laws. The infamous RJD regime was once again revived in the memory of people with such drama.”

On May 24, unknown bike-borne criminals had fired indiscriminately on local RJD leader J. P. Yadav outside his residence at Rupanchak village under Hathua sub-division of Gopalgunj district. In the attack, both his parents and his younger brother were killed while he was injured and later admitted at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

On May 26, Mr. Tejashwi Yadav had met Mr. J. P. Yadav at the PMCH, and announced that his party legislators would march to Gopalgunj on Friday, “if the named accused in the triple murder case, who is a ruling party JD-U (Janata Dal-United) MLA, would not be arrested within two days”.

Accused, arrested

Local heavyweight JD(U) MLA from the Kuchaikot Assembly constituency, Amarendra Pandey alias Pappu Pandey, his brother Satish Pandey, nephew Mukesh Pandey and others, were named accused in the case. The police arrested Satish Pandey and Mukesh Pandey in the case and sent them to jail but the MLA was not arrested. “The accused MLA is being protected by the government. We had earlier demanded his immediate arrest,” said Mr. Tejashwi Yadav.

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